February Freeze Cancels Thousands of Flights

Flight cancellations are piling up again Wednesday as ice and snow continue bring airport operations to a crawl across much of the U.S.

Over 5,300 flights have been canceled Wednesday as of 10 a.m. EST, according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Most were scratched well in advance of the fast moving storm. Boston's Logan Airport is closed as of 9 a.m.. It's expected to re-open later Wednesday morning.

Airlines canceling the most flights Wednesday morning were regional operators for bigger airlines, including American Eagle and ExpressJet, which Delta and Continental.

On Tuesday, nearly 7,000 flights were canceled. There have been about 13,000 cancellations so far this week as airports from Texas to New England shut down.

All American Eagle flights at Municipal Airport are canceled for the morning. Afternoon flights are yet to be determined. For booking and flight information call 1-800-433-7300. City crews are working to clear the taxi-ramp and Sheppard Air Force Base personnel are continuing to clear the runways of snow and ice.

Airlines operating out of DFW International have had to cancel some flights Wednesday morning, but the airport is still up and running. DFW International Airport is reporting approximately 150 departure cancellations as airlines continue to deal with a winter storm stretching from New Mexico across the Midwest, Great Lakes and northeastern United States.

DFW expects to see 20-25 departures per hour in the morning hours, and a fairly full schedule of over 60 departures an hour in the afternoon and evening hours. Passengers are advised to contact their airlines or check their flight status online, especially for flights in the morning hours today.

Crews have continued to maintain the Airport's runways, taxiways and roadways early this morning. The Airport has five of its seven runways open and available for aircraft activity, giving DFW plenty of runway capacity for a normal day's schedule. Roadways at DFW are passable but still are showing patches of ice, so motorists are advised to use caution.

DFW Customer Service personnel also cared for passengers stranded overnight, distributing cots and blankets and toiletry kits.

Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City has reopened following a winter storm that forced officials to close the airport for 20 hours.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said the airport reopened early Wednesday morning and that a charter plane landed about 1 a.m. She said no commercial flights are expected until after 10 a.m.

All flights to and from Tulsa International Airport for Wednesday morning are canceled. Spokeswoman Alexis Higgins said the airport terminal is open - but is virtually deserted as stranded travelers have gone to nearby hotels or stayed home after learning their flights were canceled.

Higgins said it's hoped that flights can resume by noon Wednesday.